Canterbury organist Dr. David Flood returns to Lewes Oct. 18-20Weekend to feature recital, workshop and liturgies
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church continues its tradition of inviting a prominent Anglican/Episcopal church musician to spend a weekend in residence. These musicians are selected for their expertise in both choir training and organ performance.
This year Dr. David Flood, director of music at Canterbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom, will make his highly anticipated fifth visit to St. Peter’s Church since the program began in 2003.
The musical weekend commences with an organ recital by Flood at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, played on St. Peter’s three-manual, 70-plus rank organ. Saturday, Oct. 19, will feature a choral workshop beginning at 10 a.m. with the adult and chorister choirs of St. Peter’s conducted by Flood. The workshop will focus on preparing the choirs for Choral Eucharist and Evensong the following day. This is an open event - members of the public are invited to come to the rehearsal and observe Flood working with the choirs.
Sunday, Oct. 20, will be the culmination of this weekend of music. The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost will be celebrated with Choral Eucharist at 10 a.m. featuring the "Communion Service in F" by William H. Harris as well as Felix Mendelssohn’s "Hear My Prayer," which concludes with the well-loved “O for the Wings of a Dove” with native Lewes soprano Charlotte Freeman as soloist. Festal Choral Evensong (sung evening prayer) will take place at 5 p.m. featuring music of Bernard Rose, Thomas Walmisley, and Franz Joseph Haydn.
A reception catered by The Essential Chef will follow Evensong, giving parishioners and guests an opportunity to greet Flood. Both services will be sung by the choirs of St. Peter’s, guest directed by Flood and accompanied at the organ by St. Peter’s Minister of Music T.J. Thomas. The Rev. Jeffrey Austin Ross, rector of St. Peter’s, will celebrate Eucharist, and the Rev. Ruth Lawson Kirk, rector of Christ Church in Christiana Hundred near Greenville, will be the guest officiant for Evensong. No admission will be charged for any event listed above, though a free-will offering will be taken at the evening events to benefit the Music Fund of St. Peter’s.
Having begun musical studies at an early age, David Flood held his first parish church organist post at 15 and has been deeply involved with church music ever since. He became organ exhibitioner of St John’s College, Oxford, and spent a further postgraduate year at Clare College, Cambridge. In 1978, he was appointed assistant organist at Canterbury Cathedral, a post he held for eight years. During this time he was involved in many national and international occasions, such the enthronement of Archbishop Runcie and the visit of Pope John Paul II.
He has made several recordings and has appeared on radio and television as well as giving performances in cathedrals, churches and concert halls. He has given organ recitals in France, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. He has studied with Gillian Weir and Jean Langlais.
In 1986 he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Lincoln Cathedral and, after two years, returned to Canterbury in 1988 as Organist and Master of the Choristers. He has been responsible for the music at all the special occasions, in particular the enthronements of Archbishops Carey, Williams and Welby, and the 1998 and 2008 Lambeth Conferences. The cathedral choir under his direction has regularly toured in Europe and North America, most recently in April 2012.
St. Peter's is at Second and Mulberry streets in historic Lewes. Call 302-645-8479 or visit www.stpeterslewes.org for information about its programs and worship.